Ukraine Conflict Response

Practice Area

Ukraine Conflict Response

The Ukraine conflict and the imposition of trade restrictions and sanctions on Russian companies and individuals have generated a host of complex issues for businesses in the United States and abroad.

Time-critical questions that companies are facing include force majeure provisions in contracts, compliance with sanctions and trade restrictions, expedited mergers and acquisitions (and implications of potential nationalizations of facilities), bankruptcies, property seizures, impacts on financial institutions and services, cybersecurity threats and response, and related litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Businesses in the United States, Ukraine, Russia, and other third-party countries are adjusting to rapidly changing circumstances and need expert legal help in assessing and managing their risks.

Lewis Brisbois’ attorneys are experienced, trusted advisors in all the critical legal areas thrust onto center stage by this international crisis. The firm has extensive knowledge of how business and the law work in Ukraine and Russia, including native language speakers, and we are well positioned to advise clients in answering questions that need urgent attention. Lewis Brisbois' national team works with clients in a coordinated, efficient manner to bring the right expertise to bear in solving the problems businesses must deal with now.

Representative Matters

  • Providing U.S. nonprofit, with a multi-million dollar portfolio, AML and U.S. sanctions advice related to the transfer of funds and goods to non-profit organizations and other groups in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
  • Advising client and conducting due diligence on aircraft acquisition involving Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania, including ensuring compliance with Russian anti-sanctions laws and U.S. asset-forfeiture laws
  • Advising NY Stock Exchange-traded international corporation on sanctions issues affecting exports to and transactions with entities located in Russia and several foreign countries
  • Advising professional services client on applicability of new sanctions on engineering services to proposed consulting work
  • Advising international client on contract termination issues with sanctioned entities, including implications under Russian anti-sanctions law
  • Counseling client on scope of sanctions against imports of petroleum and products of petroleum distillation from Russia
  • Advising multiple clients on legal aspects of new or continuing sales of products in Russia
  • Advising client on diligence requirements with respect to alternative sources of materials
  • Advising client on sanctions compliance questions involved in multi-level supply chain transaction
  • Advising client on scope of sanctions and its applicability to the import of products from Russia and potential dispute resolution
  • Advising multinational client on implementation issues relating to U.S. sanctions on Iran


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